A Salad with Crunch and Substance: Bean and Vegetable Tostadas


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 pinches coarse salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) can spicy vegetarian refried beans (vegetarian beans contain no lard)
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or pepper Jack
  • 1 heart Romaine lettuce or 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 2 small plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small white skinned onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (a palm full) chopped cilantro or parsley


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